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Brief from the Board Meeting on October 17, 2019

Discussion – State and District Assessment Results:

District 54 uses a variety of research-based indicators to measure students’ readiness for high school, college, career and beyond. Students are highly successful in District 54 as outlined in four areas.

  • Whole child – District 54’s new Social-Emotional Survey assessed each student in areas such as optimistic mindset and self-regulation. Teachers ranked each student on a 5-point scale and students ranked themselves. Parent survey results are being tabulated.
  • Culture – District 54 is performing well in all five areas of school success as measured by the Illinois 5Essentials survey: ambitious instruction, supportive environment, collaborative teachers, involved families and effective leaders. In addition, a fall survey of District 54 staff shows 89% are highly satisfied and engaged compared with 34% of employees nationally.
  • Academics and assessment – District 54 students perform well on assessments such as Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), which shows 80% of our students are proficient. They also pass algebra and junior high language arts at significantly high rates (98% and 100% respectively).
  • Participation – All District 54 students participate weekly in the arts, and more than 60% of students in third through eighth grade participate in a club. Daily student attendance is also higher than the Illinois average.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Three requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding school policies and procedures, disciplinary records related to vaping, and certified payroll for work performed at Link.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session Board of Education meetings on Oct. 3, 2019
  • The resignations, termination, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 11, 2019
  • The treasurer’s reports on cash and investments for August 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for September 2019

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared two #WeAre54 videos, highlighting the people in District 54 who make this a special place to learn and work. Click on each name to watch the videos about Fairview Nurse Cindy Straub and Dirksen Student Rithvik Ramakrishnan.

Board President Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan reported that a number of District 54 employees will be recognized this weekend at the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel banquet. Read more about our honorees on our website.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee:
Board Member Barbara Hengels said DCAC heard a presentation on how District 54 is committed to ensuring all students have adults at school who champion their success and well-being.

District 54 Education Foundation:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the District 54 Takeover at the Windy City Bulls game will be held on January 10. Information about ticket sales will be out soon.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved a resolution estimating the amount of the 2019 aggregate tax levy at $184,259,529 and setting a public hearing for Nov. 14.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 7:270 – Administering Medicine to Students.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:22 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and student matters.

Briefs from the Board Meeting on October 3, 2019

Discussion Item – Cultivating Innovation in Instructional and Facility Design:
District 54 continues to focus on cultivating innovation in instructional and facility design as outlined in the 54 Promise strategic plan.

This summer District 54 purchased “Future Ready” furniture, installed interactive digital monitors and painted accent walls in vibrant colors in classrooms throughout the district. As part of the addition at Link School, new classrooms were built and upgrades were made to the Link Creation Studio, including a digital recording studio and film production studio. Creation Studio renovations were also completed at Eisenhower, Frost, Mead and Addams. These include sound labs, vision labs, virtual and augmented reality labs, flexible seating and technology integration.

All kindergarten through second grade students received iPads and all third through eighth grade students received Chromebooks through the district’s 1:1 device initiative. Students have completed digital learning lessons at all grade levels. Innovate 54 teams of teachers and administrators from each school continue to meet with a focus on implementing high quality STEM/STEAM lessons, using technology to accelerate learning and assessing student progress. In September, the district began training all teachers by grade level to build a shared understanding of the district’s vision for cultivating innovation.

Discussion Item – Championing Every Student:

District 54 has maintained a mission of ensuring student success for many years. This success focuses on supporting students socially and emotionally as well as academically.

On August 13, happiness representatives and leaders from each school and the district office attended a retreat focused on sustaining and growing the commitment to positive psychology and long-term optimism among students and staff. Plans were developed for recommitting to positive habits, professional development on emotional intelligence for staff, self-care for optimistic educators and fostering an Orange World by bringing the message to families and the greater community. Later that week all 2,000 District 54 staff came together to kick off this year’s theme, Everyone Needs a Champion. Keynote addresses inspired staff to focus on their “why” to ensure student success.

During the district’s first half-day inservice in September, the entire staff sat at each school reviewed a chart showing the names of every student. They were asked what they know about each child to make sure that each one of our more than 15,000 students has a true connection to an adult. Teams created a plan for ensuring each student had a champion.

Other ways in which the district is ensuring whole-child success include the following.

  • The district’s third through eighth grade Student Ambassador program focuses on strengthening student leadership qualities and creating opportunities for students to influence their school community in a positive way.
  • District 54 staff and junior high students will learn how to increase their ability to identify students who need emotional support and to be aware of the resources available to those who may be considering suicide.
  • We Clubs were created at each junior high school, so all students have a place where they belong and feel accepted.
  • Students participate in a variety of programs offered by Special Olympics including Club Unify, the Youth Activation Summit and District 54’s junior high mini-summit.
  • A Social Emotional Survey will be given to students, staff and families this fall to provide a better picture of whole child success. Results will be published on a new student profile. The profile will be shared with parents at report card time.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: One request was received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding a surveillance video and photo.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on September 19, 2019
  • The resignations, retirement, termination, employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated September 27, 2019

New Business: 

  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to Policy 7:270 – Administering Medicine to Students.

Announcements:

  • The Board congratulated the Early Learning Center for receiving the Gold Circle of Quality, indicating that the program met the highest standards for quality in three areas: learning environment and teaching, administration, and training and education. Gold Circle programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 7:48 p.m. for employment/appointment and student matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on September 19, 2019

Recognition:
The District 54 School Board recognized two groups at its Sept. 19 meeting.

  • District 54 Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers were applauded for their dedication and accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year.
  • A group of 10 employees was thanked for creating a float for the District 54 School Board to use in the Schaumburg Septemberfest parade to highlight District 54’s focus on happiness.

Discussion – Sixth Day Enrollment:
Associate Superintendent Nick Myers presented the Sixth-Day Enrollment Report. This annual report explains the enrollment trends in District 54 and their impact on staffing decisions. District 54 ensures that staffing allocations remain fiscally responsible while also providing our students with exceptional teachers and support personnel who are dedicated to supporting students.

This year, August 26 marked the sixth day of enrollment, a date District 54 uses because we assume that by this day students new to the district will have completed the registration process and students leaving the district will have informed us of their move. For kindergarten and early childhood students, the sixth day was Sept. 3. Our sixth-day enrollment for kindergarten through eighth grade was 14,928, an increase of 264 students over last year. Early childhood enrollments are tracked separately because enrollment occurs throughout the year.

District 54 continues to closely monitor our enrollments and the use of available space in each school. The district has alleviated space issues the past two years through the construction of additions at Churchill, Dirksen and Link. 

Click here to view more detailed enrollment numbers.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on Sept. 5, 2019
  • The resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for July 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for August 2019
  • Checks dated Sept. 13, 2019
  • Presentation and submittal of administrator and teacher salary and benefits report
  • Approval of a Medicaid billing agent
  • The purchase of technology equipment, software licensing and support
  • The release of minutes of closed-session school board meetings
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on February 15, February 22, March 1 and March 15, 2018, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss talked about the rationale for seventh-grade students starting school one day before eighth-grade students. Transitioning from elementary school to junior high school is an important transition. The District 54 junior high schools use this day to form relationships with their new students and to help them prepare for success in junior high.

DuRoss spoke about the start of the 2019-20 school year, and the inspirational messages our staff heard this year from Inky Johnson, Thomas C. Murray, John O’Leary and Shawn Achor, which have had a ripple effect throughout our district. District 54 staff are focused on being champions for their students.

DuRoss also shared two #WeAre54 videos, highlighting the people in District 54 who make this a special place to learn and work. Click on each name to watch the videos about Mead student Maya Cronfel and Barbara Velez from the District 54 Welcome Center.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick thanked the volunteers who helped the Foundation raise funds by parking cars or selling food at the Village of Schaumburg’s Septemberfest event. Prusnick also asked everyone to mark their calendars for January 10 when the Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 Foundation takeover night.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee.
  • The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
    • 4:20 – Fund Balance and
    • 4:270 – Disposal of District Property.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:12 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and student matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on September 5, 2019

Discussion Item – Social Emotional Health Supports for Students:
Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg shared a variety of supports available to students designed to match the challenges they face. Teams of administrators, teachers and support staff collaborate to determine which proactive approach would best serve each child. Some of the resources include internal supports such as the guidance staff, as well as external resources such as the Kenneth Young Center and area hospitals.

We offer support and interventions through our Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) systems. Last year we began administering a Universal Screener. The screener requires staff members to take a survey about the District 54 students they serve to determine whether any students need additional social and emotional supports. Staff members have also participated in ACES training (Adverse Childhood Experiences) so that they can be more responsive to students who have faced traumatic events.

District 54 also launched a social emotional learning curriculum last year in early childhood through eighth grade, with a focus on long-term optimism. This fall students, staff and parents will participate in a social-emotional learning survey that will allow us to further support whole child success. We also offer digital citizenship lessons so students know how to navigate the online world safely.

Discussion Item – Crisis Planning and Prevention:
The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority. District 54 takes all reports seriously and investigates them thoroughly.

Executive Director of Community Relations Terri McHugh shared information about the District 54 standardized crisis plan, which includes a variety of scenarios and mandated training for all staff. Each school is required by Illinois School Code to conduct three fire drills, one bus evacuation drill, one tornado drill and one lockdown drill. These help to ensure our students and employees know what to do should an emergency occur. The feedback from our local police and fire departments, who attend our drills, is that our students and staff are well prepared.

District 54 also has a plan for crisis response and communication. The first priority is communicating to the students and staff at the schools affected to ensure their safety. District 54 will always notify families of lockdowns, evacuations, relocations and significant weather events that impact the child’s day. For medical situations, the district only notifies the parties involved.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Five requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding transportation contracts, enrichment activities at three schools, purchasing records and photos or renderings of time out rooms.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on August 8, 2019
  • The resignations, employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated August 16 and 30, 2019
  • A recommendation to authorize the assistant superintendent of business operations to negotiate a 2- or 3-year contract for electricity
  • A memorandum of understanding with The Kenneth Young Center

New Business: 

  • The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
    • 4:140(b) – Waiver of Fees for Low Income Families,
    • 4:170(c) – Emergency Closing of Schools (Prior to the Beginning of the School Day),
    • 4:170(d) – Emergency Closing of School(s)(When School is in Session) and
    • 4:170(e) – Building Access Security.
  • The Board brought revisions to the following policies for a first reading:
    • 4:20 – Fund Balance and
    • 4:270 – Disposal of District Property.

Announcements:

  • Board members Mary Kay Prusnick and Barb Hengels have maintained master board status and Board President Bob Kaplan has leveled up.
  • Board members also praised the amazing students and their teachers who performed in the musical concerts at Septemberfest last weekend.
  • The Board thanked the volunteers who parked cars or worked in the food tent to raise funds for the District 54 Education Foundation.
  • They also thanked the employees who created the float for the School Board and participated with the Board.
  • Board members praised the presenters at New Teacher Induction Week.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:27 p.m. to closed session for the semi-annual review of closed-session minutes.

Brief from the Board Meeting on August 8, 2019

Discussion: District 54 Cabinet members reviewed the District 54’s Strategic Plan, The 54 Promise, and connected priority action steps that are being taken this year with the district’s outlined goals of ensuring whole-child success, performing in the top 10% and closing the achievement gap.

To ensure whole-child academic and social emotional success, District 54 plans to

  • Continuously evaluate and prioritize Professional Learning Communities;
  • Continue to implement and refine social emotional learning lessons and practices at all grade levels;
  • Expand the Student Ambassador Program to grades 3 through 8;
  • Administer a social emotional learning survey to enable the district to best meet the needs of each child;
  • Provide trauma responsive training for all staff;
  • Convene a social studies task force to evaluate current practices and materials; and
  • Design and implement problem-based learning units.

To cultivate innovation in facility and instructional design, District 54 plans to

  • Provide iPads or Chromebooks to each student in kindergarten through eighth grade;
  • Continue the training and work of the Innovate 54 teams from each school;
  • Facilitate sessions for all teachers to build capacity around the concept of instructional innovation in District 54;
  • Change all Innovate 54 teachers’ classrooms into Future Ready Classrooms;
  • Open Creation Studios at Frost, Addams, Mead and Eisenhower; and
  • Expand Makerspace offerings to include coding in kindergarten through sixth grade.

To ensure District 54 continues to be staffed with exceptional personnel, District 54 plans to

  • Prepare new hires to successfully implement the District 54 mission of ensuring student success;
  • Implement a structured process for new administrators with a focus on developing exceptional leadership from every seat;
  • Conduct ongoing leadership team development that connects leaders to each other and the strong practices taking place in our schools;
  • Further implement positive psychology with a focus on emotional intelligence, resilience and self-care;
  • Expand on professional learning opportunities at each building and districtwide; and
  • Continue District 54’s Aspiring Leaders Cohort to develop the leadership capacity of our teachers.

To sustain facility and fiscal responsibility, District 54 plans to

  • Finish renovation and expansion work at Link and Mead;
  • Open Creation Studios at Mead, Addams, Frost and Eisenhower;
  • Complete capital improvement projects including a roof replacement Keller, construction of a new parking lot at the Early Learning Center, etc.; and
  • Create secure entries at MacArthur, Fox, Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins, Blackwell and Hale over winter break.

Public Hearing on the 2019-20 Budget: No one asked to speak.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Three requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding the FOIA officer contact information, the payroll and contact information for the temporary fence at Link School and the collective bargaining agreements and contact information for employees. 

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the special, open and closed-session board meetings on June 11, June 12, and June 13, 2019
  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on June 20, 2019
  • The resignations, employment, re-employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated June 21, July 5, July 19, and August 2, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May and June 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2019
  • The purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance coverage for 2019-20 from Liberty Mutual
  • The purchase of technology licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on January 18, January 25, and February 1, 2018, for which approved minutes already exist.

President of the Board’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan reported that the district is excited to welcome new teachers to the district this week and is looking forward to welcoming students on August 19. He thanked board members and others who volunteered at the Pack the Bus school supply drive on August 3, including Schaumburg Township for organizing the event and District 211 for donating the bus.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that Schaumburg’s Septemberfest is the Foundation’s second biggest fundraiser of the year. They are looking for volunteers to park cars on August 31 and Sept. 1 at Collins, and to serve food during the nonprofit day on Sept. 2. If you’re interested in volunteering, email DonnaAnderson@nullsd54.org.

New Business: 

  • The Board adopted the 2019-20 budget. Click here to access the budget memo.
  • The Board directed the superintendent to prepare the 2020-21 budget in tentative form.
  • The Board awarded a contract to John D. Kasarda to prepare an updated demographic study and enrollment projection report for District 54.
  • The Board appointed Mary Kay Prusnick to serve as the IASB Governing Board Representative for the district until the spring 2021.
  • The Board appointed an additional representative from the community to serve on the District Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year
  • The Board approved the district’s membership in the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater O’Hare Area Regional Business Association, the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce, the Schaumburg Business Association, the Midwest Principals’ Center, the Illinois Association of School Boards and the National School Boards Association for 2019-20.
  • The Board approved the district’s membership in the Midwest Principals’ Center from Feb, 2020 through January 2021
  • The Board brought revisions to the following policies for a first reading:
    • 4:140(b) – Waiver of Fees for Low Income Families,
    • 4:170(c) – Emergency Closing of Schools (Prior to the Beginning of the School Day),
    • 4:170(d) – Emergency Closing of School(s)(When School is in Session) and
    • 4:170(e) – Building Access Security.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked all the new staff who attended induction week this week, as well as the employees who supported the new staff.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:50 p.m. to closed session for business matters and school matters.

Return to Open Session

Further Discussion and Possible Action on Matters Considered in Closed Session:

  • The Board approved the sale of its property at Thacker Street and Verde Drive to Swanson & Associates.

Brief from the Board Meeting on June 20

Call to Order

Public Comment: A District 54 parent and teacher asked the board to examine the structure of the dual language program, so students particularly at the younger grade levels, would be served by fewer staff members.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Two requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding the number of Elk Grove students served and purchasing records. 

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on May 16, 2019
  • The minutes of the special open and closed-session board meetings on May 21 and May 28, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement, termination and employment of personnel
  • The 2019-2020 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, floor time specialists, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
  • The 2019-20 salary parameters for non-represented staff
  • The 2019-2020 salaries for pay grade 1-3 personnel, market-rated personnel and part-time employees
  • The 2019-20 salary rates for the elementary school lunch program
  • The 2019-2020 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 24 and June 7, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2019
  • Prevailing wage rates for the 2019-2020 school year
  • The purchase of a treasurer’s bond for 2019-2020 from Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • The renewal of software licensing and support for the Library Automation System with Follett Software Company, zSpace and GoGuardian
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting on December 14, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
With the 2018-19 school year over, Superintendent Andy DuRoss highlighted some of the successes District 54 has experienced to date. Our students routinely score in the top 5% on state assessments. A Stanford University study reported that District 54 students experienced 6.2 years of growth in five years. On our staff cultural assessment, 85% reported being highly satisfied and highly engaged.

DuRoss also shared that the focus for the 2019-20 school year will be what he called the 3 P’s:  People, Positivity and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The most important factor in student achievement and social-emotional well-being is the people in our district who connect with our students. The work with PLCs and positivity will support our employees and the children they serve.

DuRoss also reviewed the three District 54 goals.

  • District 54 will ensure the success of the whole child by providing comprehensive approaches and programming, grounded in the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged.
  • District 54 will perform in the top 10% of all schools as measured by state and local assessments in reading and math growth and proficiency.
  • District 54 will close the achievement gap for ALL students in reading and mathematics as measured by state and local assessments.

The four focus areas outlined in the 54 Promise Strategic Plan support these goals. They are

  • Whole Child Academic and Social-Emotional Success,
  • Innovation in Learning Space and Instructional Design,
  • Exceptional Employees and
  • Facilities and Fiscal Responsibility.

In wrapping up his report, DuRoss thanked Dr. Pete Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, for his 13 years of service to District 54. Today is his last day before moving on to a superintendent’s position in another district.

President of the Board’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan also offered his thanks and best wishes to Dr. Hannigan. He also thanked the School Board for the extra time they have given the past month attending graduations and interviewing for the vacancy on the school board.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick thanked everyone who supported the Foundation Golf Outing last week. The Foundation raised more than $33,000 at this event.

PTA Council Report:
PTA representatives have been attending classes this month to prepare for the 2019-20 school year.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed additional representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board approved the contract of employment for Superintendent Andy DuRoss for the years July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.
  • The Board approved the 2019-2020 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board adopted the resolution to call for a public hearing on the 2019-2020 Budget at 7 p.m. August 8, 2019.
  • The Board approved the engagement of CBRE as the broker on record to market the sale of the vacant land located at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg.
  • The Board appointed Tricia Leong as the assistant principal of Frost Junior High school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Appointment of School Board Member:
The Board appointed Nicholas Scipione to the Board of Education to fulfill the remaining term of office for Charlotte Kegarise due to her resignation effective May 23, 2019.

Election of Board Vice President:
The Board elected Mary Kay Prusnick to serve as the Board Vice President.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:08 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on May 16

Recognition:
Before the meeting, the School Board honored the following students and staff in the Professional Learning Center with Ambassador of Excellence Awards:

  • Fifteen Mead students who qualified for the 2019 Illinois History Day state competition. Six of these students are going to the national competition in June.
  • Nine Mead and Stevenson students, and their teachers, who were chosen to participate in TECH 2019 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.
  • Students from Link, Fox, Dooley and Addams for their performance at the Rube Goldberg competition.
  • Dirksen students Kennedy Apple and Taline Abousamra, Eisenhower secretaries Michele Peacock, Julie Raio and Sunita Mani-Sriram, and Community Relations assistant Meagan Kasper, who received Distinguished Service Awards from the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.
  • Ten Dooley students and one Addams student for their performance in Japanese speech contests.
  • A total of 38 District 54 students from many schools who qualified for the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition, including four students who qualified for the national level.

Call to Order

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
Six requests were made and replied to since the last meeting regarding transportation contracts, bargaining agreements and employees, electronics recycling vendor contracts, charter school applications (District 54 has none), the art supplies bid and information on reassigned suspended employees (District 54 has none).

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular school board meeting on May 2, 2019
  • The resignations, employment, salary adjustment and re-employment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 10, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2019
  • The 2019-20 Workers’ Compensation insurance policy from United Heartland Company of America
  • The voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2019-20 school year
  • The contract for the purchase of technology licensing and support from Continental Resources, Edulastic and CDW
  • The resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2019-20 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked everyone for a fantastic school year and shared a video highlighting some of the peak moments from across the district this year. He highlighted how the four focus areas of our strategic plan – whole child success, innovation, exceptional employees, and facilities and fiscal responsibility – are making a significant impact on our students and staff today and into the future.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barb Hengels shared that DCAC is still seeking applications and will electing officers at its first meeting of the 2019-20 school year in September.

District 54 Foundation Report: The D54 Education Foundation awarded 450 Memorial grants this year to District 54 students. For individuals interested in supporting this work, please golf, volunteer or sponsor a hole at the foundation’s golf outing on June 10.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved the appointment of Charlotte Kegarise as the Illinois Association of School Boards Governing Board Representative through the spring of 2021.
  • The Board appointed representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board approved the expenses for travel to the National School Board Association Conference.
  • The Board authorized Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP to litigate, advise and review employee benefit-related matters on behalf of the district.

Announcements:

  • The District 54 School Board Board members talked about the amazing individuals honored last week at the PTA annual scholarship recognition dinner and the Celebration of District 54 honoring retirees and Ensuring Student Success winners.
  • The board also gave kudos to the staff and students who were part of the Eisenhower Junior High School play and the District 54 Special Olympics Unified Sports Day today.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:36 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

 

 

Brief from the Board Meeting on May 2

Recognition:
The School Board recognized 24 students from throughout the district who were finalists in the 2019 Spanish Language Speech Contest held on May 2. Students in third through eighth grade had the opportunity to submit videos in two categories: native Spanish speakers and Spanish as a second language speakers. Finalists were invited to the contest at MacArthur School on May 2, where judges gave them awards for first through third place.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular school board meeting on April 18, 2019
  • The minutes of the special reorganizational board meeting on April 25, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated April 26, 2019
  • The purchase of Chromebooks for the 2019-20 school year from Dell
  • The purchase of software licensing and support from Dell, CDW-G and Synercomm
  • A proclamation recognizing May 7 as National Teacher Day.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2019-20 school year
  • The Board approved a revised scheduled of board meeting dates for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Announcements:

  • Board members Charlotte Kegarise and Mary Kay Prusnick visited our 22 elementary schools on April 30 to deliver a book to the school libraries in recognition of Charlotte’s 25 years of service on the School Board.
  • Board members also congratulated the students who participated in the District 54 Battle of the Books Tuesday and the Spanish Speech Contest today, and thanked the staff members who supported them in these endeavors.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

Special Reorganizational School Board Meeting – April 25, 2019

Call to Order

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Results of the Canvass of the April 2, 2019 School Board Election:
The School Board accepted the results of the canvass of the April 2, 2019 School Board election. Bill Harper, Barb Hengels and Mary Kay Prusnick were elected to the School Board.

Oath of Office for Newly Elected Board Members:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Pete Hannigan administered the oath of office to the newly elected board members.

Adjournment Sine Die

Call to Order of New Board

Appointment of President and Secretary Pro Tem: Mary Kay Prusnick was appointed as the president pro tem and Bob Kaplan was appointed as the secretary pro tem.

Election of Officers

  • The Board elected Bob Kaplan as president.
  • The Board elected Charlotte Kegarise as vice president.
  • The Board elected Ken Van Dyke as secretary.

Establishment of Schedule for Regular Board Meetings:
The Board approved the dates for School Board meetings for July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. All regular meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Board Room in the Rafferty Administration Center. Special open and closed meetings will take place at 6 p.m. in the Board Room in the Rafferty Administration Center. Click here for the meeting schedule.

Adoption of Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures:
The Board adopted the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the prior District 54 School Board.

Announcements:

  • The Board thanked the Hoffman Estates Park District for recognizing the MacArthur Environmental Club as this month’s Best of Hoffman for spearheading the creation of a butterfly garden.
  • Board members and Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked Mary Kay Prusnick for her leadership as the board president the past two years.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

 

Brief for the Board meeting on April 18, 2019

Recognition:
Before the meeting, the School Board honored the students whose artwork was chosen for display in the board room. Click here to view a slideshow with the artwork.

During the meeting, the School Board recognized

  • Keller student Armando Gomez who won the 2019 Outstanding Student Technology Award from the Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalition Center,
  • Mead student Dhruv Patel who took fifth place in the Illinois You Be the Chemist Competition and
  • Teams of students from Frost, Mead and Lincoln Prairie for awards they received at the National Fluid Power Challenge.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on April 4, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated April 12, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2019
  • A contract for summer moves at three locations
  • A resolution authorizing the sale by sealed bid of vacant land on the corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive
  • The purchase of computer assessment software for MAP and AAPPL
  • The purchase of junior high world language instructional materials
  • The purchase of technology equipment, licensing and support
  • The amended school calendar with Thursday, June 6 being the last day of school (this will be a half-day of attendance)
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 5, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared two #WeAre54 videos. Click on each name to watch the videos about Keller student Armando Gomez and Hoover teacher George Schaupp.

Board President Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the school board will have its reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. on April 25. Mary Kay Prusnick, Bill Harper and Barb Hengels were re-elected on April 2 and will take the oath of office at the meeting. Afterward, the board will elect officers. Prusnick thanked the school board and administration for supporting her during her term as president.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on the District 54 Education Foundation and Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Secretary Bob Kaplan announced the Foundation was honored to be recognized as the Volunteer Organization of the Year from the Village of Schaumburg. He also encouraged everyone to support the Foundation by eating at Global Gyros on April 23; eating at Lou Malnati’s on May 1; and participating in the golf outing on June 10. Click here for more information on all of these Foundation fundraisers.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved the purchase of Creative Curriculum, a new Early Learning Center curriculum.
  • The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
    • 4:110(d) – Transporting Students on Field Trips,
    • 4:150 – Environmentally Safe Schools,
    • 4:170(b) – Standardized School Crisis Plan and
    • 4:110(c) – Vehicle Accident Procedures.
  • The Board appointed Lisa Garza as the assistant principal at MacArthur International Spanish Academy for the 2019-20 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked the SEA and SEEO for inviting them to the annual meeting on April 15, with guest speakers Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:58 p.m.